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  • Advance integrated understanding on the functioning of the River-Sea Systems; 
  • Advance transboundary, interdisciplinary and world-leading research on the River-Sea continuum, and engaging with stakeholders e.g. to support blue growth; 
  • Deliver the knowledge base and the practical solutions to enable sustainable management of River-Sea Systems, and to reconcile conflicting interests and pressures in a well-informed, adaptive and participatory manner; 
  • Provide comparable long-term data across sectors and disciplines, and promote knowledge exchange and education; 
  • Support the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, by contributing to, e.g., GEMS Water and the UN’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development; 
  • Support assessments of European Union’s environmental legislation and provide the scientific evidence base for environmental policymaking at the European level by bridging the current gaps between land, freshwater and marine environmental policies.